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Love Leads the Way: A True Story (1984)

A recently blinded man becomes one of the first American users of a seeing eye dog and must fight to remove the legal barriers impeding its use.

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Delbert Mann

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Henry Denker (teleplay by), Jimmy Hawkins (story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy Bottoms ... Morris Frank
Eva Marie Saint ... Mrs. Eustes
Arthur Hill ... Mr. Frank
Glynnis O'Connor ... Lois
Susan Dey ... Beth
Gerald Hiken Gerald Hiken ... Jack
George Wallace ... Blind Institute Director (as George D. Wallace)
Michael Anderson Jr. ... Hank
Stephen Young ... Mike McShane
Ralph Bellamy ... Sen. Christi
Ernest Borgnine ... Sen. Brighton
Patricia Neal ... Mrs. Frank
Pilot Pilot ... Buddy
Richard Roat ... Proprietor
Richard Speight Jr. ... Jimmy
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When an insurance salesman is blinded in a boxing accident, his world is turned upside down as he has trouble functioning in his sightless world. All seem hopeless until he learns of an innovative European project that trains dogs as guides for the blind. He explores the idea and decides to train for a dog. He eventually gets a guide dog, but soon learns that he is barred from taking his needed companion into transit vehicles and public buildings and businesses. With a newfound friend, he must fight to make the country recognize that those rules are unfair to him and his guide. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A szeretet mindenek előtt See more »

Filming Locations:

Leavenworth, Washington, USA See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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As the film depicts, American culture was apprehensive about the idea of a guide dog accompanying people in public places. The Seeing Eye also ran into many obstacles, as the organization had no funding, and needed special trainers as well as special dogs. The Seeing Eye confronted these obstacles head-on. Morris Frank and Buddy traveled the U.S. acting as ambassadors for the cause, which literally opened doors for people with disabilities and their service dogs. They also influenced the eventual passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which grants full public access to people with service dogs. See more »

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Restaurant Owner: [Both men are discussing why dogs are not permitted in the restaurant] ... Among other reasons, dogs have a - well, a disagreeable *odor*, for lack of a better term.
Morris Frank: Well, do you smell anything disagreeable right now?
[the other man shakes his head negatively]
Morris Frank: Neither do I. Buddy?
[Buddy emerges from under the table, where she has been hidden the whole time]
Restaurant Owner: NO DOGS ALLOWED, and that's FINAL! Now take this - this MUTT and leave, before I call the city pound.
Morris Frank: [with a shrug] Let's go, Buddy. I know a...
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A Movie Worth Seeing
20 September 2003 | by sol-kaySee all my reviews

Charming little movie about the founding of the Seeing-Eye program that began in the US in the early 1930's. With a touching performance by Timothy Bottoms as Morris Frank, the first blind person who was was given the task to prove that the program would work, and of course the German Shepard dog who played "Buddy" the first seeing-eye dog.

Holds your interests from beginning to end and leaves you feeling much better about there being good in the world then you thought there was before you saw the movie. Not exactly for young children, it's no Rin Tin Tin or Lassie film, but still one of the best dog or animal movies ever made and unlike most films about animals and people this movie is based on a true story which results, the Seeing Eye Program, are still with us today and bigger then ever.


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